Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing each and everyone of my fellow bloggers a Beautiful Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Candy Bowls with a native Flair!

I completed all of my candy bowls, I'm due to have surgery, so passed them out early  to my colleagues!  If you didn't catch my previous blog, my native candy bowls started from globes from my ceiling fans.

Everybody loved them! So, here are the last 5 completed, you can see the others here.

Green/Blue Candy Bowl with a splash of Gold Leaf

Crackled Navy/Silver Candy Bowl 

Chalk Painted Candy Bowl

Bronze Candy Bowl with Gold Leafing

BLUE CANDY BOWL - gold leaf on rim

I'm going to be laying low for a short while after my surgery but I wish each and everyone of you a Blessed, Merry Christmas; Happiness and Joy throughout the Holiday Season!  Continue to do what you do best and never forget to LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Native Candy Bowls

With the holidays almost here, I realized it's time for me to take a break from my studies and  get busy on gifts.  As usual, for the office I wanted to do something a bit different for my colleagues.  I wasn't sure what until it dawned on me, I had my ceiling fans changed and I had been holding on to the globes.  

There were two different types of globes.  After some thought I decided to go with candy bowls with a native Bahamian flair.

I first based coated with several coats of gesso.

I then proceeded with different color variations.  I used metallic paint on some, others I used silver/gold leafing and I experimented with chalk paint on another (haven't completed yet).  I then used coconut fiber to seal the bottom - great way to add that native flair!  I'm doing 10 in total, but I've only completed 5 so far.  Here are the pictures.

Bronze & Hunter Green Candy Bowl with Gold Leafing

Turquoise Candy Bowl with Gold Leafing

Blue Candy Bowl with Silver Leafing

Bronze, Pink & Blue Candy Bowl with Silver Leafing

Purple Candy Bowl with Variegated Leafing

Each is a "one of a kind" and I'm sure will be appreciated.  I'll post the other 5 once I've completed them.  So until then LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Spray Paint Bath Faucets

In my earlier blog when I updated my spare bath I mentioned I couldn't find the faucets I was looking for so I opted to spray paint what I had.

While I had experience painting faucets (see here) I had never spray painted faucets, especially while they were still in tact on the wall.  Although I was skeptical at first, it turned out to be very simple and only took 2 days to complete.

Here were my faucets before

To start, tape around faucets thoroughly, don't be stingy with your tape! (this is important if you don't want the paint to leak through on your walls)

Grab a plastic bag, cut a hole at the bottom, slip the bag over the faucets and tape (make sure there's no opening at the bottom or the paint can seep through and get on your walls or tub.

If you're satisfied with your tape job, grab your spray paint and start spraying.  Here's the paint I used.

I used the black Paint & Primer In One for the base coat (this is suppose to be for metal);

After the 1st coat was dry (I gave it an hour), I applied the 2nd coat I used copper

Once that was dry (another hour or so) I applied the 3rd coat - the black Paint & Primer In One again, but this time I sprayed it sparingly.  I wanted that two-tone look.  I gave it a day and then I sealed it with the Clear Gloss (I used several coats, but waited 30 minutes between each coat)

After I removed the tape I discovered what happens when you don't tape properly  ;-(

Thankfully, with a Q-tip & paint remover I was able to clean up my goof.

I love how my faucets turned out!

Note this is the spare bath and it will be a few weeks before it gets used, which is plenty of time for the paint to cure.  I realize this is a temporary fix but I'm hoping this will last for a year or until I can find the perfect faucets.

You can see more here, but if you prefer to use a paint brush click here.

I would advise giving it a week or more before using your faucets, just to make sure the paint is cured.  So the next time you're looking for a temporary fix, get creative, have fun LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!